A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

The Early American ladies Writers sequence bargains infrequent works of fiction by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls, every one reprinted in its entirety, each one with a foreword by way of common Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who locations the radical in a old and literary viewpoint. Written in 1822, A New-England story is the 1st of the numerous novels, stories, and brief journal items Catharine Sedgwick released in the course of her lifetime. the tale of an orphan lady in rural New England and the ethical trials she faces as she grows up, this early instance of the preferred nineteenth-century women's novel offers a different examine the spiritual and social weather at this important interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing a number of the complicated spiritual, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to matters of the girl author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.

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Elton's success in business had been rather owing to accidental circumstances, than to his skill or prudence; but his vanity appropriated to himself all the merit of it. He adventured rashly in one speculation after another, and, failing in them all, his losses were more rapid than his acquisitions had been. Few persons have virtue enough to retrench their expenses, as their income diminishes; and no virtue, of difficult growth, could be expected from a character where no good seed had ever taken root.

Her eye turned to the glass, which now sent back her wo-begone image, and she thought of the time, but a little while past, when elated with gratified vanity, or joyful anticipation, she had there surveyed her form arrayed in finery—now, the rainbow tints had faded into the dark cloud. She rose, and walked to the open window, about which she had trained a beautiful honey-suckle. The sun had just risen, and the dew-drops on its leaves sparkled in his rays. " A robin had built its nest on the vine; and often as she sat watching her sleeping mother, she had been cheered with its sprightly note, and maternal care of its young.

This conduct, in Mrs. Elton, was the result of habitual passiveness; in Mr. Elton, it was prompted by a vain hope of concealing from his neighbours a truth, that, in spite of his bustling, ostentatious ways, they had known for many months. This is a common delusion. We all know that, from the habits of our people in a country town, it is utterly impossible for the most watchful and skilful man uver, to keep his pecuniary affairs secret from the keen and quick observation of his neighbours. The expedients practised for concealment are much like that of a little child, who shuts his own eyes, and fancies he has closed those of the spectators; or, in their effect upon existing circumstances, may be compared to the customary action of a frightened woman, who turns her back in a carriage when the horses are leaping over a precipice.

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